D-day for Oscar Pistorius: To be sentenced for murder

JULY 6, 2016

Convicted murderer and paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, is due to be sentenced on Wednesday in the Pretoria High Court for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013. Pistorius, 29, faces a minimum of 15 years in prison after the Supreme Court overturned his culpable homicide conviction to murder last December.

A huge media contigency has already arrived at the court around 7am with families and friends expected before the hearing begins.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will have to consider whether there are compelling reasons for deviating from the prescribed sentence - some experts have already pointed out that he has already served one year behind bars as well as almost a year under house arrest.

However, the sentence may not bring an end to the drawn-out case as both the prosecution and defence have the right to appeal it.

Walking on stumps

Last month during a dramatic pre-sentencing hearing, the double amputee was asked by his own defence team to remove his prosthetic legs and walk around the courtroom.

His unsteady gait sought to remind the judge of his vulnerability, which could be a mitigating factor.

The judge may also take into consideration his sense of remorse, as shown in the recently broadcast Oscar Pistorius Interview.

However, some claim it showed poor judgement and was an insult to the court and Reeva Steenkamp's grieving family.

Image: Oscar Pistorius walks without his prosthetic legs at a recent hearing at the Pretoria High Court. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters